Floriade: ACT government still looking to hold event at Commonwealth Park

Floriade could still be held at Commonwealth Park this year. Picture: Karleen Minney
Floriade could still be held at Commonwealth Park this year. Picture: Karleen Minney

The ACT government has flagged its intention to host Floriade at its home at Commonwealth Park later this year despite COVID-19 restrictions, releasing advanced notices for tenders related to the event.

Notices were given to potential contractors earlier this week that the government was looking for suppliers for lighting and catering services for Floriade and NightFest.

While the government said it anticipated the tenders would go to market as planned, the situation could change at short notice.

"The ACT government is hoping to bring the Floriade event back to Commonwealth Park this year, but it will depend on advice from our chief health officer in relation to COVID-19 public health directions," a government spokeswoman said.

"The territory may at its discretion change the anticipated timetable for approach [of the tender] to market."

Last year's Floriade was cancelled due to the pandemic, with its floral displays instead placed in suburbs across the city.

Events ACT has yet to make an application to ACT health authorities, which would need to grant an exemption to host Floriade at its traditional Commonwealth Park home.

However, enough bulbs have been ordered to fill garden beds in the event Floriade goes ahead.

The Enlighten Festival has been used as a test case to see if large-scale events could be hosted in the nation's capital.

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